in brief Australia's Bureau of Meteorology and the
Australian National University this morning revealed they had inked
a four-year, $30 million deal with Sun Microsystems to build a new
high-performance computing (HPC) system to support weather
Sun issued a statement this morning saying the system would
consist of more than 2,500 blade servers using Intel's Nehalem and
Sun's Constellation architectures, in a set-up divided between
Canberra and Melbourne. The system will run a Linux edition of
Sun's HPC software.
"This implementation will position the Bureau as the world's
first major weather service to operate within an open source
environment," said BOM CIO Phil Tannenbaum in the statement.
"It's a move away from where we've been traditionally been
operating, and we believe the Sun infrastructure will benefit our
operational systems, as well as our research and development